Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Gazette's popular Front Range poster returns with limited-edition run

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Stash it, fold it or frame it — but by all means, get it while you can. The Gazette’s award-winning poster of Colorado’s Front Range — a 6-foot-by-1-foot scale drawing of “all major geological features west of Interstate 25” — has been reprinted for sale for the first time in two...

  • The view from above: High-flying photographer captures Colorado's 14ers from cockpit of his antique plane

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Each time his 1949 Piper PA-11 closed in on one of Colorado's iconic fourteeners, Garrett Fisher scanned the frozen vistas for an escape route. If the engine were to cut out over the Sangre de Cristo range - which he flew on a subzero day huddled in two ski jackets and two pair of...

  • Short days find Colorado mountain bikers racing through dark with help of LED lamps

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    On a moonlit stretch of Palmer Park's Yucca Flats section, bright lights bounce over a rocky trail and throw tall shadows into rustling thickets. From the view of a speeding mountain bike, these LED beams - blindingly bright from head-on - shed just enough light on the jagged path...

  • Ski, snowboard for free at Monarch Mountain on Dec. 15

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Monarch Mountain is offering a deal too sweet to ignore. Skiers and snowboarders who donate two cans of nonperishable food items Monday will receive a free lift ticket for the day. The food drive is to benefit the Grainery Ministries, a Care and Share food bank in Salida. The food...

  • Walking tour of downtown Colorado Springs set for Volkssport enthusiasts

    Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Volkssport enthusiasts - ahem, recreational walkers - are invited on a tour of downtown Colorado Springs on Saturday. The event begins at 10:11 a.m. - on 12/13/14, no less - and gives regular participants in American Volkssport Association events the chance to get a unique stamp in...

  • 'Awake Palmer Lake'-related efforts get boost with GOCO grant

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    An ambitious plan to replenish the drought-depleted Palmer Lake and improve its accompanying park got a major boost Tuesday. Great Outdoors Colorado - a state fund that uses lottery proceeds to support parks and trails - announced that a group of Palmer Lake volunteers will receive...

  • Incline 2.0: A look at the new features, the numbers and sweat that went into an icon's remake

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    One challenge of repairing the infamous Manitou Incline: Hiking the darn thing six days a week for three months. It was all part of a wait-till-you-get-a-load-of-this gig for Hugo Benitez, a Timberline Landscaping laborer who shed 25 pounds doing his part to execute the trail's $1.5...

  • Some gifts to reflect upon the season

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    As the holidays approach, do your shopping with a personal challenge: Consider gifts that reflect the gravity of the season and will reflect the faith and spiritual lives of family members and friends. Know someone who has cherished their Bible until the binding’s gone bare? Reward...

  • Colorado ski areas offer deals, amenities to draw 'next generation'

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Two multimillion-dollar children's centers are among the big-ticket improvements coming to Colorado ski areas this season. The centers - slated to open in 2015 at Arapahoe Basin and Aspen-Snowmass - are among a slew of deals and new facilities aimed at attracting families. "We saw...

  • For Colorado Springs couple, serving God means serving the poor

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    If you're looking for a "Kitchen Confidential"-style showdown, just try serving a subpar dish while Evelyn Koprowski is in charge at the Marian House Soup Kitchen. A Catholic Charities volunteer for 26 years - along with her equally devoted husband, Dick - she asks that fellow...